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Adeena Karasick
Adeena Karasick
Karasick is a NY-based Canadian performer of “proto-ecstatic jet-propulsive word torsion” (George Quasha). 
Aifric Mac Aodha
Aifric Mac Aodha
Irish-language poet and editor Aifric Mac Aodha comes in from Dublin for this reading. 
Alrick Huebener
Alrick Huebener
Ottawa musician Alrick Huebener currently plays bass in the acoustic band Hurry Up and Wait. 
Amal El-Mohtar
Amal El-Mohtar
VERSeFest is thrilled to introduce our inaugural Poet-in-Residence, local poet and short fiction author Amal El-Mohtar.  
Andrée Lacelle
Andrée Lacelle
Andrée Lacelle is the first francophone to be appointed Poet Laureate of Ottawa.  
Annie St-Jean
Annie St-Jean
Annie St-Jean is the editor of Slam Outaouais : 10 ans de parole (Renaud-Bray, 2018) 
Anomaly
Anomaly
Anomaly is a Montreal musician, poet, and community organizer. 
Armand Garnet Ruffo
Armand Garnet Ruffo
Armand Garnet Ruffo's much-anticipated Treaty# is from Wolsak and Wynn. 
Ásta Fanney Sigurdardóttir
Ásta Fanney Sigurdardóttir
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic poet and an artist.  

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bill bissett
bill bissett
Called the Godfather of Canadian Poetry, bissett is renowned for his dynamic repertoire of concrete and sound poetry. 
Billeh Nickerson
Billeh Nickerson
Billeh Nickerson is the author of five books and a silver medalist at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships.  
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt
The pride of Edmonton, Billy-Ray Belcourt won the Griffin with one of the year's most read books. 
Bob Hogg
Bob Hogg
Retired English professor and organic farmer who now devotes his life to writing. 
Brenda Leifso
Brenda Leifso
Leifso's Wild Madder is about way-finding—through those moments in which you no longer recognize where you are.  

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Cameron Anstee
Cameron Anstee
A poet of few words, Cameron Anstee chooses good ones. 
CéZuRe
CéZuRe
Slam Poet since 2008, CéZuRe quickly discovered a passion for the stage. 
Celena Bedford
Celena Bedford
Celena Bedford writes poetry with themes of feminism and relationships. 
Chloé LaDuchesse
Chloé LaDuchesse
Chloé LaDuchesse is the fifth poet laureate of the city of Greater Sudbury. 
Chukky Ibe
Chukky Ibe
Chukky Ibe's poetry often comments on politics and the role it plays in shaping the human condition. 
Clara Lagacé
Clara Lagacé
Clara Lagacé’s first poetry collection En cale sèche (David, 2017) won the Prix Jacques-Poirier at the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais. 
Claudia Coutu Radmore
Claudia Coutu Radmore
The diverse poetry of Claudia Coutu Radmore has won several national contests. 

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Dani Couture
Dani Couture
Dani Couture received an honour of distinction for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. 
Daniel Groleau Landry
Daniel Groleau Landry
Daniel Groleau Landry was awarded the Trillium Book Award for French Poetry and his latest is Fragments de ciel  
Danielle  K.L. Grégoire
Danielle K.L. Grégoire
VERSeFest Hall of Fame Danielle K.L. Grégoire returns. 
David O’Meara
David O’Meara
Ottawa poet David O’Meara is the author of four collections of poetry so far. 
Deanna Young
Deanna Young
Deanna Young – English Poet Laureate, Ottawa. 
Dennis Lee
Dennis Lee
Poetry for the whole family: Author of beloved Alligator Pie, Dennis Lee offers a delightful experience for all ages. 
Doyali Islam
Doyali Islam
Doyali Islam’s hot off the press second collection, heft investigates rupture and resilience. 

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Émilie Turmel
Émilie Turmel
In Casse-Gueules Émilie Turmel explores the internalized violence of women's bodies and pays tribute to their resilience. 
Éric Charlebois
Éric Charlebois
Éric Charlebois debuts Sandscapes with expert wordplay, technically sound poetry, and bold imagery. 
Elizabeth Ross
Elizabeth Ross
It's as if there’s a little swinging door inside the poems of Elizabeth Ross. 

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Fanny Lachambre
Fanny Lachambre
A committed humanist, Fanny Lachambre uses words and photographs to communicate her vision of life and all that moves and changes her. 

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Gillian Sze
Gillian Sze
Montreal writer Gillian Sze is the author of nine poetry collections. 
Guy Jean
Guy Jean
A VERSeFest Hall of Famer and awarded Gatineau’s Prix Hommage, Guy Jean’s poetry is internationally acclaimed.  

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Harold Hoefle
Harold Hoefle
Harold Hoefle’s debut poetry collection is The Night Chorus, ( McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018). 
Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson is a visual artist, but also a writer, a filmmaker and a playwright.  

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Infinite Mind
Infinite Mind
Infinite Mind is an Ottawa-based spoken word poet. 

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Jack Davis
Jack Davis
His well-received Faunics is masterly minimalism grounded in nature. 
Jean-Marc Desgent
Jean-Marc Desgent
Jean-Marc Desgent is widely considered a major figure in contemporary francophone poetry. 
Jenny Haysom
Jenny Haysom
Local poet Jenny Haysom presents her first full-length collection of poems, Dividing the Wayside
José Claer
José Claer
Novelist, short story writer, cultural journalist and slam artist José Claer is, in all genres, first and foremost a poet.  
Julie Huard
Julie Huard
Author Julie Huard is also a reporter/director, a facilitator, a photographer and a traveler.  

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Katharina Schultens
Katharina Schultens
Katharina Schultens has four poetry collections and has just won the Poetry Prize Basel 
Klara du Plessis
Klara du Plessis
Our finite world is brimming with choices, possibilities, transformations suggests Ekke by du Plessis. 

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Le R premier
Le R premier
Le Scap
Le Scap
Le Scap is a Canadian battle rapper from Gatineau, Quebec. 
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist, musician, poet and writer.  
Lenard Moore
Lenard Moore
Haiku master Lenard Moore is a writer, musician, editor, and professor. The Geography of Jazz celebrates musicians. 
Linda Besner
Linda Besner
Linda Besner’s second collection is Feel Happier in Nine Seconds

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Manahil Bandukwala
Manahil Bandukwala
Manahil Bandukwala is the author of Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019). 
Margaret Michèle Cook
Margaret Michèle Cook
Margaret Michele Cook – French Poet Laureate, Ottawa.  
Marie Darsigny
Marie Darsigny
Funny, touching and heart-wrenching, Marie Darsigny's poetry combines nostalgia of spice-tinged Spice Girl and dépanneur wine. 
Mark L. Winston
Mark L. Winston
Mark L. Winston received a GG award for his book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive.  
Mary Noonan
Mary Noonan
Mary Noonan from Cork gives sonic delights through reflections on what skin remembers. 
Melissa Ouimet
Melissa Ouimet
A songwriter and composer, Franco-Ontarian rocker Melissa Ouimet is also a poet. 
Michel Côté
Michel Côté
Michel Côté is a poet and visual artist whose work has won many awards. He has also taught philosophy and Chinese thought. 
Michel Ouellette
Michel Ouellette
Michel Ouellette is an author, playwright and poet. 
Mike Montreuil
Mike Montreuil
A prevailing voice in tanka, haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun in English and French Canada. 
Monique Manatch
Monique Manatch
Monique Manatch is Executive Director and one of the founders of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations 

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Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard is an acclaimed Montreal-born poet, novelist and essayist who has won numerous literary awards.  

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Paul Savoie
Paul Savoie
Paul Savoie is a writer and translator with more than twenty books in both French and English.  
Phoebe Wang
Phoebe Wang
Phoebe Wang is a Canadian writer and educator, author of Admission Requirements
Pierre Nepveu
Pierre Nepveu
Pierre Nepveu wrote The Hardness of Matter and Water , translated by Donald Winkler, (Signal Editions, 2018). 

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Rebecca Păpucaru
Rebecca Păpucaru
The Panic Room by Rebecca Păpucaru won The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards 2018. 
Ren Iwamoto
Ren Iwamoto
Ren Iwamoto is a humble goblin trying to find meaning amongst the chaos. 
Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Renée Sarojini Saklikar's latest book is a B.C. bestseller: Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions, 2018). 
Rhube Knox
Rhube Knox
Rhube Knox strives to leave her audience seen, trusted, and sometimes healed, but never broken.  
Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison
In Richard Harrison’s Governor General’s Award-winning poetry, elegy and love poem become one. 
Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor
Vancouver poet and author Rob Taylor edited What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation

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Sam Taskie
Sam Taskie
Writing led Sam Taskie towards a poetry community that he calls home. 
Satinka Schilling aka Poetiquette
Satinka Schilling aka Poetiquette
Spoken word artist Satinka is an actress and chef and will perform some delicious words.  
Sennah Yee
Sennah Yee
Sennah Yee's raw, down-to-earth honesty delights; hers is an important voice. 
Shawn Katuwapitiya
Shawn Katuwapitiya
Shawn Katuwapitiya went to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word with a poem called Gratitude. 
Shery Alexander Heinis
Shery Alexander Heinis
Shery Alexander Heinis’ poetry is imbued with eclectic imagery, colour, soul, power and warmth.  
Stefan Psenak
Stefan Psenak
Longtemps j’ai porté mes deuils comme des habits trop grands marks the return of Stefan Psenak to poetry. 
stephanie roberts
stephanie roberts
Widely published and passionately curious, stephanie roberts is a new poet to watch. 

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t'ai freedom ford
t'ai freedom ford
t’ai freedom ford uses language both evocatively rich and colloquially sharp and sly 
Tanya Evanson
Tanya Evanson
Tanya Evanson is an inspirational Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer and arts educator. 
Tess Liem
Tess Liem
Tess Liem contends with the difficult practice of obituaries in her debut collection Obits

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Ursula Andkjær Olsen
Ursula Andkjær Olsen
Major Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen's poems push back against injustice in a fractal asymmetry. 

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Vanessa Rotondo a.k.a. V
Vanessa Rotondo a.k.a. V
Vanessa Rotondo merges science with art and words to facilitate expression.